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1 NFL QB Prospect Is "Rising" Up Draft Boards

Desmond Ridder runs for a touchdown.

SOUTH BEND, IN - OCTOBER 02: Desmond Ridder #9 of the Cincinnati Bearcats runs the ball as Cam Hart #5 of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish reaches for the tackle during the first half at Notre Dame Stadium on October 2, 2021 in South Bend, Indiana. (Photo by Michael Hickey/Getty Images)

Malik Willis and Kenny Pickett are considered the two best quarterback prospects available in the 2022 NFL Draft, but it turns out Cincinnati product Desmond Ridder has also made a strong impression on league executives over the past few months.

While on SportsCenter this Tuesday,

Desmond Ridder is a name that’s buzzing in league circles. During team interviews, the QB made clear he plans to beat out a veteran in camp.

That, and Malik Willis’ first-round positioning, from

— Jeremy Fowler (@JFowlerESPN) April 5, 2022

">ESPN insider Jeremy Fowler said Ridder is "rising" up draft boards. "I'm hearing a lot of positivity from teams I've talked to who believe he [Desmond Ridder] is rising in the process," Fowler said. "I've talked to one league executive who thought maybe spots 24-38 could be a sweet spot for him." Fowler added that people around the league believe Ridder is very polished as a quarterback prospect. As for Ridder's outlook as a rookie, he apparently has a clear plan in place to beat out a veteran in training camp.

In aQ&A With Desmond Ridder: Cincinnati Legacy, Balancing Fatherhood And Football, Why He Believes He’s QB1

"> recent interview with The Spun, Ridder discussed why he believes he's the best quarterback in this year's draft class.

"I would say because I'm a winner, I'm tough, I'm a great leader, and I make plays when plays aren’t there to be made," Ridder said. "That’s why teams should choose me as the No. 1 quarterback. I’m going to help an organization win a Super Bowl."

Ridder was a four-year starter at Cincinnati who made improvements each season. He could solidify his status as a first-round pick with strong interviews and workouts over the next couple of weeks.